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Cleco Donates $1,500 to DeSoto Regional Health System Foundation

Cleco Donates $1,500 to DeSoto Regional Health System Foundation

On Tuesday, April 27, Cleco made a $1,500 donation to the DeSoto Regional Health System Foundation to support the health care system’s planned expansion.

The foundation raises funds for the DeSoto Regional Health System, which is comprised of a nonprofit hospital, three rural health clinics and a wellness facility.

DeSoto Regional Health System recently announced plans to completely modernize its Mansfield Campus, enlarge its emergency department and build a new rural health clinic.

 

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May

Public Works Director Jim Ruffin Retires After 30 Years of Dedicated Service

Public Works Director Jim Ruffin Retires After 30 Years of Dedicated Service

Most of us are familiar with the old adage, ‘Good help is hard to find.” However, that saying should never be used to describe long-time, former employee Jim Ruffin. James “Jim” Ruffin began his tenure with the City of Mansfield in January 1991 and remained a dedicated employee of the City for 30 years. He recently retired (in February 2021) and has deservedly embarked on the next chapter of his life.

When Jim accepted the position of Public Works Director for the City, he and his late wife Susan’s (married for 38 years) only child Clifton was just 3 years old. Clif is now married with a family of his own, two children (a boy and a girl) with another little one on the way. So now Jim is looking forward to becoming a granddad all over again, very soon. Clif and his wife and kids presently reside in Houston, Texas, a place Jim visits often, now that he’s a retiree.

 

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May

Lady Griffins Battle it out in Semis and Finals to Claim the Softball 4A State Championship

Lady Griffins Battle it out in Semis and Finals to Claim the Softball 4A State Championship

The Lady Griffins of North DeSoto are no strangers to playing in the state tournament in Sulphur. The Lady Griffins made their 6th appearance in the semi’s in the last 7 years and entered the playoffs as the #1 seeded team in class 4A. On Friday, the Lady Griffins came away with the 3-2 semifinal win over Neville. With that win they would advance to the championship game on Saturday where they defeated Beau Chene by a score of 13-7.

Wed
28
Apr

MHS Band Students Jones, Brown and Williams Honored with Grambling Scholarships

MHS Band Students Jones, Brown and Williams Honored with Grambling Scholarships
MHS Band Students Jones, Brown and Williams Honored with Grambling Scholarships
MHS Band Students Jones, Brown and Williams Honored with Grambling Scholarships

Mansfield Middle and High School Band Director Roy Gipson is proud to acknowledge three outstanding student musicians that have received music scholarships to Grambling State University. The exceptional and award winning “Best Band in the Land” seeks the very finest each year for their musical program.

GSU made the decision that MHS had three of these outstanding performers that they wanted to add to their program. Ivanna Brown and Trandice Williams received P1 Scholarships, with Precious Jones acquiring the P1 Plus, which is the highest musical scholarship, along with a top-notch academic grade average.

 

 

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Wed
28
Apr

National Day of Prayer 2021’s Theme “Lord, Pour Out Your Love, Life, and Liberty” on May 6th

National Day of Prayer 2021’s Theme “Lord, Pour Out Your Love, Life, and Liberty” on May 6th

The 2021 National Day of Prayer in DeSoto Parish will be done a little different once again this year. Tradition would call for the event to be held on the DeSoto Parish Courthouse lawn, with Logansport holding their meeting on the Riverfront and Stonewall holding theirs at one of the schools. To comply with Gov. John Bel Edwards’ gathering mandates, this year’s event will be held but without speakers, special music or fellowship. The traditional date will still be held on the first Thursday in May, which falls on May 6th this year.

The theme for 2021 is “Lord, Pour Out Your Love, Life, and Liberty,” with related scripture found in 2 Corinthians 3:17, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty.”

Local organizer of the event, Winter Case, said, “The National Day of Prayer has not been cancelled or delayed. Due to the attendance restrictions we are opting for a non-meeting National Day of Prayer event.

 

 

Wed
28
Apr

DeSoto Chamber Welcomes 4C Coffee House to Parish Business Family

DeSoto Chamber Welcomes 4C Coffee House to Parish Business Family

On April 16, officers and members of the DeSoto Parish Chamber of Commerce hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for 4C Coffee House in Grand Cane. Owner Rhonda Cox (center holding bow) is surrounded by family, friends, and parish officials welcoming the new business to the community. Days and hours are Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

 

 

 

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Wed
28
Apr

Voters Say No to Proposition for 1 Mil Tax; Kennington and Melerine Win Seats

Voters Say No to Proposition for 1 Mil Tax; Kennington and Melerine Win Seats
Voters Say No to Proposition for 1 Mil Tax; Kennington and Melerine Win Seats

The voters of DeSoto Parish voted down a proposition regarding a levy 1 mill tax on all property subject to taxation in DeSoto Parish, which was to fund animal services, including the animal shelter and mosquito control. The unofficial turnout of Early and Absentee Voting showed 1,065 (43%) saying yes with 1,404 (57%) against. The percentage of ballots cast in this election was 122% with a total of 2,469 voting.

In District 2 of DeSoto Parish, Kyle D Kennington-R won the Police Jury seat over Ronald “Ronnie” Allen with 288 (62%) voting for Kennington with Allen receiving 176 (38%).

 

 

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28
Apr

Judge Amy McCartney Honored with 2020 VYJ Hero of the Year Award

Judge Amy McCartney Honored with 2020 VYJ Hero of the Year Award
Judge Amy McCartney Honored with 2020 VYJ Hero of the Year Award

A surprised look is just what you can expect and what those in attendance at Judge Amy Burford McCartney got when she entered the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Training Facility on April 21. Volunteers for Youth Justice had the judge’s staff, family and close friends quietly working on the surprise event where they wanted to present the 42nd District Judge an award as VYJ Hero of the Year for 2020.

Judge McCartney arrived to a room full of people, including her husband, son and family, with Sheriff Jayson Richardson, who had gotten her to the facility with the guise of having a meeting that they both needed to attend. She was met at the door by representatives of VYJ and voices shouting “Surprise” in unison.

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Apr

DPPJ, Shreveport Green Hazardous Waste Collection Day Scheduled for May 8

DPPJ, Shreveport Green Hazardous Waste Collection Day Scheduled for May 8

Due to the sponsorship of the DeSoto Parish Police Jury, Shreveport Green will provide DeSoto Parish residents a day of hazardous waste material collection to be held on Saturday, May 8, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. This year’s collection sites include Logansport, Grand Cane and Stonewall. The services provided by Shreveport Green return to the three locations that had the most participation from the public, and are strategically placed for the ease of usage for the yearly recycling opportunity.

DPPJ President Reggie Roe said that this would be the perfect opportunity to get rid of all those things cluttering your garage and storage unit. However, this collection is for residential waste only, and not for business or farm materials. Shreveport Green will have chemists, staff and volunteers available at the three locations, to help with the identification of your waste substances for proper disposal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wed
21
Apr

Voters Head to the Polls this Saturday

Voters Head to the Polls this Saturday

DeSoto voters will head to the polls on Saturday, April 24, to decide who will become the next representative for our district with the Board of Education and Secondary Education (BESE) and whether or not to pass a 1-mill property tax allocated for DeSoto Animal Services. DeSoto’s District 2 will cast votes for their Police Juror members.

BESE Board run-off candidates will be Michael Melerine-R and Cassie Williams-D, with the winner taking the place of former representative Tony Davis.

In DeSoto District 2, voters will cast their preference between Kyle D. Kennington-R or Ronald “Ronnie” Allen-R. The victor of the Kennington-Allen runoff will fill the seat vacated by Judge Nicholas Gasper, who resigned his Jury seat after winning the election to serve as Judge for the 42nd Judicial Division.

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